The department administers six minors.

For more information about each minor, click on the links below or consult with geography advisor Jodi Vender in 305 Walker Building.

Geography minor

GIS minor 

Climatology minor 

Environmental Inquiry minor  

Information Sciences and Technology for Earth and Mineral Sciences minor 

Watersheds and Water Resources minor 

Declaring a Minor

Use the eLion Minor Declaration application if a minor does not have entrance requirements (all minors above except ISEMS). The ISEMS minor is open only to students with an EMS major; you may apply for this minor by obtaining necessary signatures and submitting a completed entrance to minor application form to Jodi Vender in 305 Walker Building. Intent to pursue a minor may be declared after the student has achieved at least fifth semester classification and has been accepted into his/her major, but prior to the end of the late drop period of the student's final semester. A student may not declare a minor that is the same as his/her major (e.g., students majoring in Geography may not also declare the GEOG minor; students majoring in GEOBS or EBF with the GIS option may not declare the GIS minor).

Deadline: Declarations of minors are accepted anytime after you have attained fifth semester classification (60 credits). To graduate with a minor, you must be accepted in the minor before the late drop deadline of your last semester.

After Graduation: You can be awarded a minor after you graduate if you met all the requirements for the minor prior to your graduation. To request retroactively one of the minors listed above, contact Jodi Vender.

Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Declaring a minor does not guarantee:

  • Enrollment in those courses
  • Future availability of those courses
  • Completion of the minor


Still have questions? Contact Jodi Vender at advising@geog.psu.edu or 814-863-5730.